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Crayola bug rocks, a gift for all ages!
With Britain being..well wet my house has a pretty big supply of arts and craft things to do on those regular rainy days. There is only so much screeching of cars and shooting of guns on console games i can tolerate! And when i need that all important 5 mins of peace and quiet i turn to the magic box and see what takes my fancy. Recently I came across these Crayola bug rocks. My son had recieved two of these for his birthday so I dont have an exact price but I have seen them in wilko's for around £5.
Included in the bug rocks box is everything you need to make an assortment of bugs of your own design. You get a "rock",made from what seems like some sort of light clay or plaster?? This rock is your bugs body. You can decorate it in any way you choose, you get some stickers to add some unique looks to your bugs. You also get a set of various types of eyes to decorate and stick on. For legs you get an assortment of legs or wings,these like the eyes are pre-printed onto card. No cutting required just colour in and stick on. All items in the set are easily drawn on in felt tip pens.
The kids were kept quite with this set for a short while so as with all crayola products they get a thumbs up although i think it could have done with something extra to hold the kids attention a little longer. Maybe my kids are a little old for it - they are 9 and 10. If you have younger children it would take a little longer to do. You get enough items in the box to make 4 bugs. My children made "love bugs" for my husband for fathers day each writing their own message on them. If you just use your imagination you can easily just use them as a base for bigger things,maybe make a habitat for your bugs? That would keep the kids quiet for a bit!!lol
For a fiver you cant complain, the quality as to be expected is very good and the stones/rocks store well. It is something that children can do alone or with a little help from their parents. Either way its a good set to keep them entertained,its a small box so easily stored and doesnt break the bank in buying it.
When yet another non-school day is written off by incessant rain, it's time to get the kids doing something creative. Of course if you are the arty sort you may well have more craft ideas than Blue Peter, if you are me, from time to time it's great to reach for one of these Crayola kits for inspiration.
The "Bug Rocks" kit contains all you need to make 4 pebble bugs, and there's also a pair of card bug glasses to make and a board game. This seems to sell at around the £5 mark, I paid £2.48 for mine, having spotted it in Allworths and put it in my rainy day emergency stash. At the price I paid it was excellent value, and even at £5 it's a pretty good kit.
The 4 pebbles in the kit seem to be made of plaster of paris, they are matt white and the aim of the kit is to add paper legs, eyes and stickers. There are 4 basic small crayola pens provided to colour in the legs or to add to the bodies, and a generous amount of stickers.
I found that my kids, aged nearly 4 and 6, needed very little assistance to make their bugs, which is always the sign of a good kit. As there were a range of legs and stickers remarkably they didn't even fight whilst making these together. They both enjoyed the activity on their own level, the eldest took a lot more care but they both were pleased with the results; 2 spiders, a ladybird and a monster bug. The great thing about this item is that you can make what you want, I sometimes find craft kits for children can be far too prescriptive, this one allows for imagination, which is great.
Though overall everything in this item is well designed for its intended market, we did have one small problem in that there were supposed to be double sided stickers supplied to stick the legs to the "pebbles" - there were none in our box, which was opened very carefully despite the kids' eagerness to get going with the activity. I couldn't find a number to call for customer care; in actual fact it was no big problem for us to use pva glue instead, but had I planned to do this activity on holiday for example I would have been irked that not everything needed was included in the box as described. Also the stickers were quite hard to get off the sheet for little fingers. These are the reasons I've given this item 4 stars and not five.
The "board" game - it's a printed piece of glossy paper really - a kind of snakes and ladders with bugs, kept the children amused for a little while, the dice to play was provided along with push out counters. The "bug glasses" to make from cardboard, these didn't work that well or add to the kit really.
All that said, overall this kit is a fun way of passing an hour or so for young art fans and would make a good party present. Of course you could just paint some pebbles and get similar results, but the legs and eyes to add to the bugs are a nice touch, and as I said at the start it's great that the whole activity has been put together for you. Also it's pretty well mess free - result!
My kids found this a creative and fun activity and were pleased with the results they produced, so thumbs up from us!
My six year old daughter is very keen on all sorts of arts and crafts so it was quite unsurprising that certain things along this theme turned up in her Christmas stocking! One such item was Bug Rocks which is a fun activity kit produced by Crayola.
In this fun kit there are four plain rocks for children to transform into cute and colourful bugs which they can then use as playing pieces for board games such as Snakes and Ladders. My daughter was truly delighted by the idea of this kit and could not wait to get started!
The contents of this kit include four plain rocks, two sticker sheets, four card body bases, four colouring pens in just the basic colours, adhesive pads, eight boggle eyes, a dice and a game board for snakes and ladders. There is not an instruction sheet as such, but the top of the box has an additional flap that shows how you can construct your bug, although let's be honest when you are six you are very likely just to want to do your own thing anyway!
The four rocks are mixed in size although they are all smaller than a golf ball. Each comes individually wrapped in a bit of bubble wrap to make sure that they are protected and they don't break. The idea is to choose a base for each rock which will be the bugs wings and antenna. These are all on perforated card so once you have coloured them in, using the pens, you can just press them out and there is no cutting involved which is very handy! There are lots of different brightly coloured stickers to decorate the rocks themselves. If they want, children can copy the patterns on the bugs shown on the front of the box, but my daughters just chose to make up their own designs which we all thought looked great. Once the wings, antenna and bodies have all been decorated there are some small adhesive pads to stick them together. It is quite fiddly to remove the backing off these though, and it was also quite tricky peeling off the stickers too, so this was the only reason that my daughter wanted any help from me at all.
My daughters really enjoyed making these and by the end they have four fun looking but friendly bugs! They think they are great and I think that it is a really good idea that they can use them as playing pieces for Snakes and Ladders. The board is a bit flimsy as it is only a folded piece of paper with the board printed on it but you get the idea! Also there are no instructions for playing the game as I suppose it assumes that virtually everyone knows the rules for this family favourite!
Overall this kit seems very good quality and seems to be aimed at the right age child as it is for children aged five and above. My daughter is six and a half and she could easily work out what she needed to do and she just got on with it. Her sister who is almost five was also able to have a good go but she did not need much help. Also, as it does not take too much time to complete one bug, they did not lose interest before they had finished!
The price of this kit varies greatly. Amazon seems to have two process which are £4.88 and £6.99! However, Bug Rocks can be bought as part of a value triple pack from Argos for £12.99 which seems very good value!